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Re: [Security-Discuss] This is odd, too
From: KevinO (kevinkevino.org)
Date: Thu May 27 2004 - 05:24:38 CDT
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Anne Wilson wrote:
> On Thursday 27 May 2004 10:38, KevinO wrote:
>>>Someone that has your private address has shared it. They may have
>>>done it by getting themselves infected with a worm a virus.
> That could well be it. One of my daughters is a member of a
> professional group where email is used as the major contact method. On
> more than one occasion I have had to clean her box because an infected
> message has come from that group. (Her AV catches the mail and warns,
> but mbox messages can't be disinfected without losing the whole
> mailbox.) When she moved house a mass-mailing was sent to everyone in
> her addressbook - so anyone who collects the addresses from incoming
> mail would have mine in their addressbook.
> I can't understand why people should collect incoming addresses. You
> reply if it is someone you want to talk to, so outgoing would deal with
> that. Manually adding an adress that doesn't need an answer is easy
> enough. It can only be that a default is being used without any
> awareness of the dangers.
Mozilla collects email addresses, and it has proven handy, albeit on rare
One shouldn't expect people they don't know well to protect their address,
nearly as much as the person that they do know.
There is a BCC button on pretty much all email clients. It is there for a reason.
To laugh at men of sense is the privilege of fools.
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